Book Reviews: Art Law -- Art, Artifact, and Architecture Law by Jessica L. Darraby

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Jessica L. Darraby. Art, Artifact, and Architecture Law. Deerfield, Ill.: Clark Boardman Callaghan, 1995. 1,314 pp.; loose-leaf binding. $115.00

This dense volume, divided into fourteen sections, twenty-two appendices, a complete bibliography of art law, an extensive table of cases, and a very detailed index, is more than 1,300 pages long, loosely bound so that supplements can be added to maintain currency as new case law, statutes, and international agreements come into effect. Jessica Darraby, who teaches and practices art law in California, has compiled a comprehensive treatise, clearly intended for legal practitioners, curators, auctioneers, appraisers, and preservationists involved in the noncreative aspects of the visual arts as discrete entities, their commercial properties, and conflicting proprietary rights.

Essentially an up-to-date work of reference for those already in the art business, this is a very useful handbook on the present state of art law in the United States; it is to be recommended for its thoroughness and convenience, including an excellent 102-page index. The fourteen sections, or chapters, separately paginated, provide a concise overview of the field, ranging from the fundamentals of art law and the structure of art markets to the complexities of the international art trade, intellectual property rights, the peculiar problem of multiples, the competing interests of archaeology, the trade in antiquities, and the protection of cultural patrimony, etc. …